The Reverend Freak

Inside the Terry Hornbuckle case

"There was an obsession with the man," Rudy V said in an interview in his Mansfield home in 2005, a year before he started his radio gig at Dallas' KSOC-94.5 FM--"K-SOUL." The smooth-talking radio host started attending Agape in 2000 after gospel singer Kevin Thornton spoke highly of the church one Sunday morning when he appeared on Rudy V's religious-themed morning show.

Rudy V, born Kevyn Matthew Williams, was intrigued. From Monday through Thursday, he invited listeners to come with him to see this Bishop Hornbuckle preach. Rudy V described it as "invigorating."

He was so taken by Hornbuckle that he'd play clips of his sermons on the Sunday morning show. Each week, he'd implore his listeners--mostly women--to visit Agape. He became enthralled with the bishop's constant preaching about tithes and the potential wealth that would come to him if he'd just give, give, give a little more of his own money to the church.

Terry Hornbuckle, who calls himself "Bishop," was convicted of drugging and raping three women, two of them former members of his Arlington megachurch.
Terry Hornbuckle, who calls himself "Bishop," was convicted of drugging and raping three women, two of them former members of his Arlington megachurch.
It was here--on Mayfield Road in Arlington--that two of Terry Hornbuckle's victims came to worship God and give their all to "Bishop."
It was here--on Mayfield Road in Arlington--that two of Terry Hornbuckle's victims came to worship God and give their all to "Bishop."

Rudy V said he vividly remembers scrounging for change in his 400-square-foot apartment in north Arlington, terrified that something calamitous would happen to him if he didn't come up with his tithe every week.

"If I didn't have that whole tithe," he said, "either I was going to get struck down, or if I got too close to [the bishop] he would get killed."

Everyone had good reason to believe such things, Rudy V said, especially because of the placards. Some Sundays, Hornbuckle might call up a group of volunteers from the audience and hand them signs to hold up at the front of the church.

On one side were the tragedies that would befall the congregation if they failed to tithe: disease, divorce, loss of job, loss of home, children gone wild. But there was hope. A tithing church member could hope for "increase." More wealth. More happiness. More stability.

Eventually, Rudy V met his third wife at the church. Hornbuckle counseled them and would later preside over their wedding. When they missed three Sundays right after the wedding because of traveling, something happened that turned Rudy V off forever.

He'd already had a few problems getting the church to accurately report his yearly donations, but he'd decided to overlook that. Then, after those three Sunday absences, he said, Elder Eben Conner gave him a call. He noticed the church hadn't received any tithes from Rudy V. Would he go ahead and send them now?

Rudy told him they'd gladly tithe the full amount when they returned. But Rudy V said Conner replied, "You're being unfaithful to your tithes. You don't have any reason to wonder why you're not syndicated." (Conner didn't return phone calls requesting an interview.)

Rudy V was crushed. Syndication was something the DJ had been praying for. And in that moment of despair, he said he realized God didn't need his money. Not right then at that very moment, anyway. He would no longer allow himself to be pressured to give. He wrote a letter resigning his church membership the next day. That was in 2002.

Some days he would feel like he'd disappointed God with his finances. But the guilt was nothing like what he felt when he got a call one day from Joycelyn's dad--his close friend, Chris. Rudy V was driving when the phone rang.

"The bishop raped my baby," Chris reportedly said, voice cracking.

Rudy V pulled over into the nearest parking lot and threw up. He'd spread the bishop's name all over the metroplex to his women listeners. He shared in the blame.

"I was responsible for leading so many people there," Rudy V said. "Especially so many ladies...I don't know if I'll ever not be reminded of it."

Judgment Day

After eight hours of deliberations, the jury had agreed on a sentence. Now everyone crammed into the courtroom one last time to hear whether Terry Hornbuckle would be blessed with probation or condemned to jail.

Days earlier, the jury of nine women and three men--all white except for one black man--took 37 hours to arrive at a verdict: No one could say they'd rushed to judgment. Hornbuckle had been found guilty of the rapes of Krystal Buchanan, "Jane Doe" and "Kate Jones"--the latter two legal pseudonyms. Hornbuckle had pleaded not guilty, and his defense team rested without calling any witnesses, saying only that the prosecution had not met its burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

One could easily speculate that the names of the bishop's women--Krystal, Jane, Kate, Rachel, Joycelyn, Rosita, Alisa, Mary, Lisa--were swimming around in Renee Hornbuckle's head that final day of court. Anything could be possible behind those silver-tinted lenses and that stoic expression. Here was a woman whose faith was on trial every day her husband had been seated at the defense table.

On the other side of the room, two other women clasped hands in the most unlikely of circumstances. A black woman--Loretta Sheppard, Buchanan's mom--and a white woman, Kate Jones: The loving mother and the former drug addict, both praying for the same thing: jail, and many years of it.

Just before 5 p.m., Judge Wisch read the sentences slowly and deliberately. Fourteen years for the sexual assault of Krystal Buchanan; 10 years for the sexual assault of "Jane Doe"; 15 years for the sexual assault of "Kate Jones."

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ConsequeloAnn
ConsequeloAnn

I would like 2 shoot this garbage right in his ugly face..he needs 2 be tortured 2 death slowly..IM sorry  but this makes me sick

Eaw46
Eaw46

This is the first time I hv read this. I am 41 but I was 22 when he made me have sex with him. He gave me $120, bought me shoes and a bitter of perfume at Dillards. I was so young and shocked. I had no idea what I was walking into.

Revfoster
Revfoster

This is a very sad story! The article is very well written! My prayers go out to all of the victims. God have mercy! Christ have mercy!

Brenda
Brenda

This is so very sick.

NICOLLE
NICOLLE

I AM SPEECHLESS, AT ONE TIME IN MY LIFE I BELONG TO A CHURCH THAT WAS STRONG ON DISPLINE AND AUTHORITY ANDI NEEDED THAT IN MY LIFE AND HUNGRIED FOR GUIDANCE AND IF I COULD NOT GET AT HOME I KNEW I COULD GET AT CHURCH WHICH I GROW UP BELIEVING THIS SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL MY GRAND MOTHER TAUGHT ME THIS, SO I GOT LOST IN THIS BUILDING CALLED THE CHURCH EVERYTHING SEEMED TO HAD FINALLY COME TOGETHER IN MY LIFE BUT I WAS BLINDED FOR A SEASON WHEN I GOT SAVED AT THIS CHURCH I WAS 16 YRS OLD AND WITH A BABY BOY ABOUT 2 MONTHS OF AGE, I STARTED DATING THIS GUY AND EVENTUALLY HE INVITED ME TO COME TO CHURCH WITH HIM THATS HOW I CAME ACROSS THIS BUILDING THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE THE CHRUCH OF GOD (APOSTALIC)UPC.I LOVE THE WORSHIP AND PRAISE I HEARD IN THESE SERVICES THE PEOPLE WAS SO LOVING AND HUMBLE AND THEY CARED ABOUT YOU AND MADE YOU FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY IN GOD.EVERYBODY SOMETIMES IN LIFE WANT TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE PURPOSE AND THEY BELONG SOMEWHERE, BUT THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE THE PREACHIN OF GOD TORE YOU DOWN INSTEAD OF UP LIFTING YOU,NOTHING WAS NEVER WAS GOOD ENOUGH AND I OFTEN WAS IN FEAR OF HELL FIRE, GODS JUDGEMNT THE WOE'S WOE'S I WAS ALWAYS IN FEAR OF!!!!!BUT GOD BEGAN TO OPEN MY EYES AND SHOW ME THAT IT WAS NOT LIKE HIM THEM WAS NOT THE FRUITS OF RTHE SPIRIT THAT HE WASS TALKING ABOUT, YES I HAD SEEN MANY OF THINGS THAT WAS NOT BIBICAL THAT HE WAS TRYING TO PUT INTO GODS MOUTH WHEN GOD BEGAN TO OPEN MY EYES IT BLOW MY MIND. PEOLPE WAS BEING MARRIED WITHOUT LISENCE BECAUSE WAS SUPOSED TO ORDAIN IT THAT WAY 15PERCENT TITHES BUILDING FUND FOR A BUILDING STILL NOT FINISH ETC....TALKING DOWN TO PEOPLE IN THE WROSE WAYS MOCKING PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH TELLING CHURCH MEMBERS NOT TO MESS WITH THEIR REAL FAMILY IF THEY WAS NOT SAVE THE RIGHT WAY DO NOT VISITED THERE CHURCH ARE THE YOU WOULD GO TO HELL. I DID NOT SEE TO MUCH PHYSICAL ABUSE MORE MIND CONTROL THAN ANY THIN MENTAL ABUSE!!!! POEPLE THEIR WAS LIVING OUT OF FEAR OF SOMETHING BAD HAPPENING TO THEM IF THEY DID NOT OBEY WOMEN HAD TO WEAR LONG DRESS THEY COULD NOT CUT THERE HAIR WEAR MAKE UP MEN HAD SHAVE THERE FACE ETC..... I THINK YOU GET THE POINT!PEOPLE WAS STRUGGLE TO PAY THEIR WON BILLS BECAUSE THEIR MONEY WAS TIED UP IN THE CHURCH AND PLEASING THE PASTOR AND FRIST LADY. WHEN I LEFT THIS MESS I WAS A MESS I WAS ALWAYS FEARFUL OF SOMETHING HAPPENING TO ME AND MY KIDS, SO MUCH STUFF I CANNOT BEGAN TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF ALL OF IT BUT THANK GOD HE BROUGHT BECAUSE MY LOVE FRTO THE TRUE GOD WAS GREATER FOR MAN BUT AT TIMES I STIILL DEAL WITH RESIDUE OF BEING THEIR FOR 7 YEARS STAIRGHT THAN GOING BACK OFF AND ON FOR 2 MORE YEARS AFTER THAT. THE GULIT I FELT FOR EVEN PEOPLE WINNING OVER TO BE MEMBERS OF THAT CHURCH I LEARNED THE WINNING SOUL METHOD REAL GOOD BECAUSE IT WAS ALL WAY PREACHED AND TAUGHT ON I CAN GO ON FOR DAYS WHT DO PEOPLE USE SOMETRHING SO PRUE FOR FOOLISH GAIN MENTAL PHYSICAL MONEY ARE JUST A POWER TRIP I AM ALWAY AMAZED BY THIS???

Lihn
Lihn

this is what the love of money will do to preachers.....

kill them!

get saved again please before it's too late.

B.Gilyard
B.Gilyard

Im not so sure about all the allegations,but one thing Iam certain about.When ever you take a stand to do GOD,s will ,spreading the Word,helping others,etc.There will be spiritual attacks at its highest level. I do believe the vision of an evil spirit by the young lady.How else can you explain why so many pastors and church leaders find themselves in simular situaions.Yes its all about the decisions we make.One thing we all can learn about these things,is to always put GOD first.No I dont believe Hornbuckle is a devil, just a man who like all of us ,must never forget he,s only a man and that GOD is GOD.We must never put our guards down as did brother Hornbuckle. I predict he will rise once more with the grace of GOD,even stronger but more wiser than before!

JB
JB

When are we going to hear from God for Ourselves? Why are we not using our personal relationship with Christ to guide our lives along with linning ourselves up with Christ. All of you who say that this man caused people to fall must be People Worshipers and not Christ Worshipers. Yes he was a sad example but he does not hold salvation for people. The couple who got a divorce as said by the previous Blogger, they got a divorce because of them not this man. Also the Blogger who stated that his wife is a disgrace, How could you say that. You have no idea what she is feeling on the inside. Believe me, just because she was there to support her husband didn't mean she agreed with what he had done but I'm sure she asked herself what would Christ do? Christ was there at the trial just like she was. Christ still loves Bishop Hornbuckle and promises that he would reap what he has sow, same as his wife, I'm sure she loves him, forgives him and expects him to serve his time. She may or may not be with him after he serves his time but she is handling this like Christ would. Christians, who knows what test God may put you through. Obviously, this particular test is what God deemed appropiate for his Wife because he knows it's a part of her purpose. Think about this horrible situation and ask yourself, what would Jesus do in this situation and what does the bible say about it? God's written word (the bible) is the final authority in a Christians life and not men with titles (pastor, elder, missionary, etc.)

swyftyswyf
swyftyswyf

People (homo sapiens) have inhabited the earth upwards of 100,000 years. Organized religion has been developed over the last 5,000 years. It is time to start questioning the principles of religious authority. Free your mind and fight the lies! Religion is a disease.

Steven
Steven

I was lead to this article because I talked to a close friend that I had not talked to in some time. He was a member of this church and we drifted apart as he and his wife deemed me a bad spirit I suppose. For each time we would get together they were always talking about getting rich and buying expensive things because God wanted that for them. I basically told them I don�t believe that God works that way and that I would never ask God for anything like that. Conversations became fewer and fewer until we stopped talking period. Some years later I found out that he and his wife divorced. I guess not getting rich was a reflection on being with her husband now. This man wrecked a very good friend of mines life. I had not spent one day in their church and knew he was not preaching for God.

enayb
enayb

I'm glad he got convicted wasn't enough years for me. He's a disgrace to the body of christ and so is his wife. They ought to throw away the key on him!!!!

Linda
Linda

I am speechless to say the least. Men and women need to fear God once again. We as ministers are to be examples to the lost and teach them about repentance and not prosperity.

James
James

God reveals sin & the devil conceals it. Praise Him!!

Karman
Karman

It is stories of this nature that cause sinners to say "if that is God I do not want to be a part of a church because all that go to church are hypocites and people that are fake." This is a wake up call to the Body of Christ! The spirit of deception is running rampant in the land. If you do not stay prayed up, fasted up and constantly in the word of God. You too will fall prey to this spirit of this deception!

Truth
Truth

@ConsequeloAnn  What would Jesus do? In reading this it seems like his lawyers didn't even try. They didn't feel the need to call any witnesses! Really? They took his money and left him hanging. No real evidence just word of mouth! No young lady or woman should be alone with any older married man. We don't know anything about these women character and integrity except that they had the freedom or they were sneaking around to be alone with this married man!!!

Truth
Truth

@Brenda The story is but that's All it is.. a story.. I thought there would be proof but no one provided any real proof...Im not saying Im for him or against him.. but youre not supposed to convict somebody from word of mouth...

elnelg
elnelg

@B.Gilyard ...did you just say that Brother Hornbuckle simply forgot he was only a man? That's it? Not God, just a man who let his guard down. And what did the women do wrong? Just be at the wrong place at the wrong time? Unwittingly, you have just explained why men like Hornbuckle exist. Sadly, you also have shown disrespect, contempt and ignorance toward women.

Truth
Truth

@enayb The bible teaches not to talk about people that way.. There is no real evidence of the crimes and his lawyers felt like they didn't need witnesses. Im sure a lot of people know all about every single one of them. Talking about throwing away the key? next time please pray before you speak because like David said even after God took his had off of saul, " I will still Not touch Gods' anointed"

Truth
Truth

@Karman A spirit did creep in but that man truly is anointed. The gifts of God are given without repentence. Singers still have their gift if they glorify our Heavenly Father or the devil. If there is a perfect preacher I would like to meet him. I agree it does not make the body of Christ look good but none of us know the whole story. Its their side, his side and the truth and none of this should've ever happened. Married people should stay faithful and people shouldn't be alone with married people..

Truth
Truth

@elnelg It doesn't matter who the man is No woman Should ever meet up with or spend time with married men. None of this should've happened but there were wrong actions on both sides.. Everyone should have been home reading their bibles and praying...

 
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